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Late Summer 2013 Mystic Vibes TV Episode Updates And More!

There is plenty of summer fun left in Chicago. And a lot of Mystic Vibes TV episodes for you Reggae fans to enjoy!

Mystic Vibes TV will air several encore presentations through out the next several weeks. Sister Carol, Mykal Rose (formerly of Black Uhuru) and Hip Hop legend, KRS One interviews and much more!
Airing:
Mon Jul 29 @ 6pm
Tues. Jul 30 @ 1pm

Mystic Vibes TV “Classic Reggae Music Videos” Episode feat. music videos by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, Barrington Levy, Half Pint, Burning Spear and more.
Airing:
Sat Aug 3 @ 2pm
Sun. Aug 18 @ 9pm
Mon Aug 19 @ 4pm

And in time for Jamaica’s 51st Independence Day, an encore airing of Chicago’s celebration of last years 50th Independence Day Celebrations which took place at Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza. This episode wil feat. excerpts of a speech from the Prime Minister of Jamaica The Hon. Portia Simpson Miller read by Chicago’s Jamaican Counsulate General, Mr. loyd Hyde and much more!
This 30 Min. Special Airing:
Sun Aug 4 @ 2pm
Tues Aug 6 @ 1:40pm

Zebulun Production Special
Zebulun Productions is my television production company that not only produces Mystic Vibes TV, but several other television projects. Nigerian born Mr. Sonny Akpan author of the book “Bringing Back Glamour into Marriage”, gives his frank discusssion about ture love and marriage in today’s society.
Airing:
Sun Aug 25 @ 1am
Tue Aug 27 @ 1:05am

COMING IN THE FALL 2013!!!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 21ST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE!
Radio DJs Mike Beal and Randolph Coleman of radio station WHPK 88.5 fm (Chicago), co-host highlights of the recent 21st Annual International Festival Of Life which was held in Chicago, Il. @ Uinon Park. This event is presented every year by Martin’s International Culture. Performance higihlights and interviews by:
Jr. Marvin (formelry of Bob Marley And The Wialers Band)
Roger Lewis of Inner Circle
Uroy Massala
J Nice of radio B96fm Chicago
DJ Boombositc
Carl Brown
And so much more!
Mystic Vibes TV will keep you posted concerning air dates & times!

Mystic Vibes TV has been airing on CAN TV Cable Channel 19 for 18 years!!!!

To have you music videos air on Mystic Vibes TV you must mail via post a DVD-R (Not DVD+R) copy. PLEASE NO SLACKNESS!!!!! Contact Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com for details.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Much Love,
Zezel McKenzie

IRAWMA Red Carpet Mystic Vibes TV Episode And More Updates!

The Mystic Vibes TV airing of the episode feat. highlights of the 31st Annual International Reggae And World Music Awards(IRAWMA) Red Carpet will air:

Mon Sep 3 @ 6pm

Tues Sep 4 @ 1pm

Sun Sep 9 @ 9pm

Mon Sep 10 @ 4pm

Chicago radio personality J Niice of B96 fm is special guest host.  Interviews will feature:

Marica Griffiths

Judy Mowatt

Copeland Forbes

Tony Rebel

Freddie McGregor

Tarrus Riley

Mutabaruka

Richie Stephens

Calypso Rose

D Angel

Guero Loco

Mr. Glenn Bucknor/Regional Director of The Jamaica Tourist Board

AND MUCH MORE!!!

AIRING LATER IN FALL 2012!

Mystic Vibes TV will present a special episode with higlights of the annual “Jamaica Day Celebrations” comemorating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. The event took place at Daley Center Plaza in Chicago, IL. 

The legendary Dub Poet, Mutabaruka will be feat. in an extended Mystic Vibes TV interview as he talks about the anticipated breaking away of the Island of Jamaica from Great Britian as a Comonwelath nation.

 New York based Reggae artist, “Yanks’s” 1st time  appearance on Mystic Vibes TV.

Mystic Vibes TV airs on the CAN TV Network, Cable Channel 19 in Chicago, IL.  Mystic Vibes TV is currently the winner of the 2012  Chicago Music Awards in the “Best Music Video Show” catagory. Mystic Vibes TV is the only television show in Chicago that is focused on the Caribbean culture which includes, Arts, Travel, History, Special Cultural, Events , Reggae and World Music.

Contact  Ms. Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com      

 

 

Mystic Vibes TV Wins 2012 Chicago Music Awards for “Best Music Video Show”

  The only and longest runing  television show that features exclusively Reggae and World Music in Chicago, IL.,  Mystic Vibes TV recently won the Chicago Music Awards (CMA)  in the categroy of “Best Music Video Show”   The Chicago Music Awards is presented annually by Martin’s International Culture, Chicago.

As the Executive Producer I am very greatful for all of the support and votes from the viewers and the extended Reggae community including  Reggae fans.  I am happy that  in a global city like Chicago, that Reggae music is greatly appreciated. 

I did not make it to the actual ceremony due to unforseen circumstances.  However, there are some individuals I would like to acknowledge.

I give all glory and honor to my Divine Creator.  I am still a work in progress in this journey called life but I’m am still willing to be used as His vessel.

My parents, Herman A. McKenzie Sr. (deceased)   and Viola McKenzie.  Daddy you drilled in all of your kids head to be proud of our culture.   Moma, I credit you as the one who exposed us to the music when you purchased  the Bob Marley album “Rastaman Vibrations” and have it rock in the house at  67th and Green Street.  I also give thanks to my siblings but especaily to Headley McKenzie who has been riding shot gun with me from the begining of Mystic Vibes TV back in 1995.  You have been very loyal  and supportive  &  you contribute a huge role in the success of the show as an outstanding interviewer and behind the scenes     

I have to thank the entire Marley family/Gehtto Youths/Tuff Gong  including  Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Robbie, Damian.  You were the  first artists   to utilize the format of the TV Show by appearing as guests to promote your projects and music videos and the Chicago viewers really apreciate your continued precence on local cable televsion.  Little do you know that I first reached out to the local Reggae community in this town and was not taken seriously. The Marleys and their franchises truly laid the foundation of the show. Thanks for giving me  episodes to air in the early years!

Judy Mowatt, you have been and ever present source of encouragement and support. Much love to you and your family.

Bridgette Stephenson,  You are a friend becuase you are my sincere  friend.  Not only  around stage show or festival time.  And with no selfish hidden agendas  May JAH always guide and protect you.

R.I. P. Roger Troutman of  “Roger Troutman and Zapp” .  You were my very first mentor in the music business.  I remember all that you taught me.

   The Chicago Cable Access Network (CAN TV)  I thank God that there is a television network in the city of Chicago available to present a wide range of programming that major media often neglects. Maximum respect to  the staff.

Thanks to all the record labels who submit music videos  and the Reggae artists who have been interviewed on Mystic Vibes TV.

Last but not least.  Thank you to my daughter Clarrissa McBee for your support.  I dedicate this award to my grandson Mykael Pearson.  It is my prayer that you grow to love who you are and to respect the culture of your ancestors.  I love you.      

As Mystic Vibes TV marches toward 17 years on the air.  I hope to continue to present to you the best of that  this genere called Reggae has to offer.

One Love

Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer

Mystic Vibes TV

Mystic Vibes TV airs on the CAN TV Network Cable Channel 19 Chicago IL.  Contact Ms. Zezel McKenzie Executive Producer zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com

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Mystic Vibes TV 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW!!

As the yaer 2011 draws to a close, I want to thank the viewers and fans of the only & longest running television show that presents the island Caribbean culture and music in Chicago, Mystic Vibes TV. Mystic Vibes TV has been airing on the CAN TV Network Cable Chanel 19 in the city of Chicago, IL. for over 16 years. And claiming to promise many more.

THE YEAR IN REVIEW!!!
There were a few first time artists who appeared on the show to promote new their projects and sat down for some very candid interviews.
Aston “Familyman” Barrett  of  the Wailers  was on hand to spread the positive Vibes ( during the bands stopover in Chicago)  winter 2011 tour @ The House Of Blues.     He was interviewed by Wluw fm’s Slacky J.  

The Mighty Diamonds(also 1st appearance)  were one of two  shows  that Mystic Vibes TV dedicated and entire episode featuring the Jamaican trio’s legacy, albums and  their stage performance at the Wild Hare.  I want to thank “Radio Babylon’s” Field Marshall who did a wonderful sit down interview with the group.

And Just When Chicago Was Gearing  Up For The Active Reggae Season!

May 15 2011, was a bittersweet day for the Chicago Reggae community, as we had to say farewell to the institution that gave us Reggae 7 days a week, The Wild Hare.  It was a moving tribute to the host of Reggae bands, DJ’s staff and management who put The Wild Hare and our music on the map in the Midwest and kept it going for 30 years.   Mystic Vibes TV featured a 1 hour  special episode in tribute to The Wild Hare which also included an  in dept  interview  about the journey with the owner, Zeleke Gessesse.

   THEN CAME THE SUMMER!

Mystic Vibes TV interviewer,  Headley McKenzie did his annual duties anchoring the  2011 Martin’s International Culture  International Festival of Life(IFOL).  There were featured interviews and a sample of stage performances that included, Machal Montano, Freddie McGregor  Glen Jones and many more.

The return of the Hallie Selassie I Groundations commemorating  H.I.S. 119th Earthstrong.  This event took  place in  Washington Park  just a few blocks away from President  Barack Obama’s Chicago home.  The Rastafarian community and Elders of the gathering share their insights and encouragement on Mystic Vibes TV.

Ziggy Marley will appear on the show soon with some stage performances that I taped at the “Cubby Bear” back in Oct.

And of course  I want to thank the many artists who have submitted their music videos, (remember DVD-R) there have been many positive tunes out there! 

31st  Annual Chicago Music Awards!

Mystic Vibes TV is also nominated in the category of “Best Music Video Show” for the upcoming  31st Annual Chicago Music Awards.  The fans can vote online at www.chicagomusicawards.org  the deadline in 31 Dec 2011.   I want to congratulate the Chicago Music Awards  nominees in some of the categories in Reggae/Dancehall And World Music:

BEST REGGAE ENTERTAINER

Indika

Kenny Rox

Ifficial

Carl Brown

Danjah Rus

 

Best DJ Dancehall

DJ Slacky J

DJ Boom Bostic

Papa G

DJ Swaky

DJ Rufus   

You can also on the website to see who is nominated in the  Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer and African Entertainer.

INTERNATIONAL REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA)  RETURNS TO CHICAGO IN 2012!!!

I am very much looking forward to be part of the action. And you know Mystic Vibes TV will keep you posted.

You have a very peaceful  festive holiday  season!

Peace

Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer

Mystic Vibes TV

zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com  

 

 

ZIGGY MARLEY, FREDDIE McGREGOR, THE RETURN OF CHICAGO’S HALIE SELASSIE I GROUNDATION, AND NEW MUSIC VIDEOS/MYSTIC VIBES TV LATE FALL 2011 UPDATES!!

There are plenty of  episodes in the works which will be airing on Mystic Vibes TV in Chicago during the late fall early winter 2011.

ENCORE AIRING OF HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RECENT 2011 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE (IFOL)!!!

Interviews and stage performances will feat.

MACHAL MONTANO

FREDDIE McGREGOR

GLENN JONES

AND MUCH MORE!!!!

This encore episode will air:

THU. OCT 27 @ 8pm AND  FRI. OCT 28 @ 3pm

MYSTIC VIBES TV HIGHILIGHTS THE RETURN OF CHICAGO’S  HALIE SELASSIE I EARTHDAY GROUNDATION.

After several years on hiatus, the Rastafarian Community in Chicago,  put together a well organized family event in Washington Park to honor the legacy of the Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty, Halie Selassie I, his commemorating his 119th Earthstrong.  There will be several insightful comments and interviews from Chicago’s Rastafarian community.

FREDDIE McGREGOR GETS FRANK ABOUT  TODAY’S REGGAE COMMUNITY!

Legendary International Reggae Artist, Freddie McGregor has very strong opinions concerning the state of Jamaica’s music industry in the wake of much publicized negativity surrounding the music coming from some of the younger Artist.

 

ZIGGY MARLEY’S  RECENT  PERFORMANCE AT CHICAGO’S CUBBY BEAR!!

Also airing around the holiday season, (Only On Mystic Vibes TV), Ziggy Marley performs 3  songs from his current album. “Wild And Free”  which he performed in a packed house at Chicago’s Cubby Bear.   Also  an update on his charitable organization URGE.       

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS!!!!

As you know Mystic Vibes TV features an hour of the latest Reggae music videos.  Here are the new music videos that are on regular rotation!!!  (NOTE TO REGGAE ARTISTS)!! Please Please submit  your music videos via mail on DVD-R or Mini Dv format. Email zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com for mailing address.)  

“DiscriminationKenny Rox

“Lose A Friend”  I Octane

“Distance Is A Monster”  Ringo Roots 

“Angel To Me”      Ringo Roots

“Fyah Blaze”  Ras Indio

Mystic Vibes TV airs on the CAN TV Network Cable Channel 19 in the city of Chicago!!

That’s it for now!! 

Peace!

Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer

July 2011 Mystic Vibes TV Episode Alerts, Future Shows, Air Dates & Times & More!!!!

Just a reminder that an entire episode featuring the outstanding music career of The Mighty Diamonds will air on Mystic Vibes TV:

 Sat Jul 9 @ 2:30pm

Sun Jul 10 @ 10pm

Mon Jul 11 @ 4pm

Change Productions, Field Marshall  is guest host.

Airing on CAN TV Cable Channel 19 in Chicago!

Airing in aug. 2011

MYSTIC VIBES TV ‘S FULL EPISODE TRIBUTE TO THE WILD HARE

Zeleke Gessesse, the owner of the Wild Hare has been through an epic life  journey:

From fleeing his homeland in Ethiopia.

The evolution of the reggae scene in Chicago which started during the mid 70’s.

His solo music projects.

And his administration as the owner of the now closed Wild Hare in Chicago. IL.

Zeleke Gessesse has a testimony.  A very frank interview from Zeleke is included in the upcoming episode subtitled “The Music, The Memories, The Wild Hare“.  Also in this episode that will be airing in Aug 2011 is a “Maximum Respect” tribute to the Reggae Bands and patrons who helped put Reggae on the map in the city of Chicago.

COMING ON MYSTIC VIBES TV IN THE FALL OF 2011!!!!!!

Highlights And Backstage Interviews Of  The 19 Annual International Festival Of Life!!!

The  Caribbean diaspora was well represented at the recent 19th annual International Festival Of Life presented  by Martin’s International Culture in Chicago, IL.  A nice balance of performances by artists from:

Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, United States, Africa and more lit up the international stage.

And it goes without stating that Mystic Vibes TV was there!  Coming up in an episode airing  sometime in  fall 2011 are interviews and stage performance highlights by Glen Jones, Freddie McGregor, Kenny Rox, Mc Casper (Cha Cha Slide), Soca King Machel Montano and much more.  Mystic Vibes TV’s  Headley  McKenzie is the host.

 

The 119th Annual Haile Selassie I Earthstrong Groundation event is  Sat. July 23rd @ Chicago’s Washington Park (50th & Cottage Grove)  This is a family event and is free.

 

To be on Mystic Vibes TV or to inquire about submitting your promo CD  or music video to be aired contact the Executive Producer Zezel McKenzie  zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com

VERY GOOD NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MYSTIC VIBES TV COMING SOON STAY TUNED!

ONE LOVE

Zezel McKenzie

Duane Stephenson & Aston “Familyman” Barrett On Mystic Vibes TV. Also March 2011 Updates

Hey Mystic Vibes TV fans!  Spring is almost here and Reggae season in Chicago will begin as well!  During the mo nth of March 2011,  Mystic Vibes TV in association with Martin’s International Culture will present red carpet interviews and highlights of a previous International Reggae And  World Music Awards (IRAWMA).  This awards show has held at New York’s historic Apollo Theatre.  The episode will feature red carpet interviews and performances with:

Tony Rebel

Queen Ifrica

Tarus Riely

Beenie Man

Mighty Sparrow

Barbee

DAngel

And So Much More!  Jamaica’s  CVM TV “Onstage” Winford Williams is the host.  

Mystic Vibes TV will also air exclusive interviews with Duane Stephenson who’s current album “Black Gold” by VP Records is getting great critical reviews!  And veteran bassist Aston “FamilyMan” Barrett who was very instrumental in co-producing and arranging many of Bob Marley and the Wailers classics hits.

Chicago radio  WHPK FM’s  Mike Beal host of “Relentless Reggae” and WLUW FM’s  Slacky J of  “Reggae Vibes Show”  are the guest interviewers for this upcoming episode.     

Mystic Vibes TV airs on the CAN TV Network Cable Channel 19 in  Chicago, IL.  for more info, contact Ms. Zezel Mckenzie Executive Producer zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com

Chicago Music Awards 2010 Press Conference To Be Televised On CAN TV

Zebulun Productions,  producer of Mystic Vibes TV will air a 30 min. special presentation of the recent Martin’s International Culture Inc. press conference announcing the nominees and lifetime achievement recipients for the upcoming 30th Annual Chicago Music Awards.   The public is encouraged to vote!  Click on www.martinsinterculture.com     The winners will be announced Jan 16th 2011 @ Chicago’s Excalibur Night  Club.

The following air dates and times for the televised press conference:

ON CAN TV CABLE CHANNEL 19 IN CHICAGO!

Sat. Dec 4th @ 9am

Sat. Dec 11 @ 2:35pm

Sat. Dec 25 @ 1am

CHICAGO RADIO LEGEND, LA DONNA TITTLE IS THE  HOST!

CHECK OUT ESPECIALLY THE NOMINEES IN THE WORLD MUSIC AND REGGAE CATAGORIES.  MYSTIC VIBES TV IS ALSO NOMINATED FOR “BEST MUSIC VIDEO SHOW”!!  VOTE NOW!   THE DEALINE IS DEC 31 2010!

Mystic Vibes TV Nominated In “Best Music Video Show” Catagory For The Upcoming 30th Anniversary Chicago Music Awards To Take Place Jan. 16th 2011!!

     Mystic Vibes TV is nominated for “Best Music Video Show” for the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Music Awards.  The event is produced by Martin’s International Culture Inc.   Mystic Vibes TV was there to tape  the press conference on Nov. 10th at the  trendy entertainment venue , Excalibur located in downtown Chicago, IL. , where the nominees were announced including some entertaining  performances. 

     Chicago radio legend, LaDonna Tittle stood in as Mystic Vibes TV’s  celebrity reporter  for the taped press conference including interviews of the just announced nominees.  

CARIBBEAN & AFRICAN MUSIC REPRESENTED

  In Chicago’s diverse musical community, the genre’s of Reggae, Reggaeton, Calypso, African Entertainer and more are represented as nominees in the various categories.

Best Reggae Album

Ifficial Reggae Movement  “Gone A Foreign”

Ras Kelly  “Hold On To Your Dreamz”

 Nego Henry  “Street Side Gospel”

T-Jax  “On The Frontline”

Baby J “Why These Rumors”

BEST REGGAE ENTERTAINER

Carl Brown

Gizzae

Indika

Hydro

Dub Dis

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL DJ

DJ  Slacky

DJ Boombostic

DJ Swacky

DJ Phantom

DJ  Lenky

DJ Rufus

Mystic Vibes TV will air the press conference with the announcement of all the nominees very soon!  The online voting for your favorites will be posted in a couple of days go to www.chicagomusicawrds.org to vote!

Winners will be announced at the 30th anniversary Chicago Music Awards  Sunday January 16th, 2011 @ 7pm at Excalibur 632 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago.

There will be a series of “Best of 2010- Road To The 30th Chicago Music Awards”  night club events in Dec 2010  For more info check www.martinsinterculture.com  

MYSTIC VIBES TV CELEBRATING 15 YEARS  AIRING ON CAN TV NETWORK CABLE CHANNEL 19 IN CHICAGO!!

Contact Zezel McKenzie/Executive Producer zezelmckenzie@yahoo.com